Regulatory

AT&T to Test All-IP Phone Network in 2 U.S. Cities

February 28, 2014
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AT&T will begin pilot testing all-digital IP phone networks in West Delray Beach, Florida, and Carbon Hill, Alabama, as part of the U.S. carrier’s push to move away from legacy switched telephone networks (PSTN and POTS) in favor of all-IP delivery of voice, data and video. AT&T’s announcement: Testing the Next Generation of IP Networks, states that…

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FCC’s “All IP” Network Transitions Trials – What to Expect

February 2, 2014
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Introduction: At its January 30th Open Commission Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission  (FCC) voted to approve a petition AT&T had filed (in November 2012) to conduct trials of an “all-Internet Protocol (IP) network” that would eventually replace the PSTN and TDM networks now used extensively in the U.S.  The transition will be from plain Plain…

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All-IP Network Transition Plan at FCC’s Jan 30th Open Commission Meeting

January 21, 2014
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Introduction: During his January 8th speech at the Computer History Museum (CHM) , FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the CHM audience that the U.S. was in a transition to a “4th Network Revolution” that would be led by a transition to an “all-IP” network.   The 4th Network is actually a multi-faceted revolution based on  IP based packet…

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Net Neutrality Ruling – The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning?

January 17, 2014
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In his January 8th speech at the Computer History Musuem (CHM), F.C.C. Chairman Tom Wheeler said we were in the midst of a transition to a “4th Generation Network” which had an “Open Internet” as it’s foundation. The concept of net neutrality- where there are no privileges or added costs or special deals for high bandwidth…

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FCC Delays Reverse Auction till 2015; Spectrum Aggregation & Ownership Limits?

December 9, 2013
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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has delayed the “Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction” until 2015.  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler published a blog post Friday announcing the delay, saying he hopes the auction will take place in mid-2015.  The FCC had set a goal of completing the auction in 2014 and we thought this would be the top…

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